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Ten Features that Will Help Your Home Sell Faster

The National Association of Realtors identified ten features that seem to help a house sell more quickly and for a better price.  According to a survey completed in February, many homeowners are spiffing up their homes, either to keep or to sell.

If a home is not remodeled or does not have qualities a buyer wants, the buyer will make a lower offer to compensate for the lack of those items.

These features are:

  1. A gourmet kitchen, home theater,  in-home gym, 3-car garage, solar panels, quartz countertops, smart home, office, swimming pool, a tennis court, and exterior lighting.

Florida Top Destination for Foreign Real Estate Buyers

Florida continues to be the top choice for foreign buyers of investment and vacation homes in the U.S.  19 percent of foreign buyers purchased property here in 2018. 

Not surprisingly, Sarasota has been ranked high again at #3 as the best place to retire in the United States, according to a report by U.S. News & World Report.  I can attest to that, after having lived here in Sarasota for 44 years since I moved here with my family as a teenager from England!

Landmark Colony Beach & Tennis Resort is Demolished

The once-famous Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Longboat Key has been reduced to rubble after years of neglect.  This former resort was the #1 tennis resort in the country with many well-known players coming to visit and play here.

Plans are being advertised for a 5-star St. Regis Hotel and luxury condominiums, to be completed in the next two to three years.  Please let me know if I can assist with any information.


St. Regis to be Built on Longboat Key

The former now defunct Colony Beach & Tennis Resort on Longboat Key, Florida is being purchased by Unicorp Development Group of Orlando.

This prime piece of beachfront land will be cleared, and plans to build a luxury 5-star St. Regis Hotel and 78 luxury condominiums will be completed in approximately three years.

Plans are for three five-story buildings, including 78 luxury condominium residences between 1,600 and 5,000 square feet.  The estimated prices for these condos will be between $3 million and $10 million. 

Please contact me at 941-350-9900 for further information or CLICK HERE for other properties on Longboat Key.

The Rosemary District is Booming

The area north of downtown Sarasota, Florida was a blight in the past to the growing cultural and social scene of Sarasota.  In the past few years, this neighborhood, known as the Rosemary District, has regentrified and is now a destination for new residents from all over Sarasota, its keys, and even from all over the world.

Dozens of new low-rise condo developments and hundreds of apartments have been built in the past couple of years, and property values have soared.  One of the new projects is Risdon on Fifth, a modern urban building with green space.  

Eclectic restaurants, boutiques, fitness centers, a contemporary dance and a yoga studio have moved to the area.  The Sarasota Opera has a brand new building, and the Sarasota Farmers Market now has a presence.



New Plans for Downtown Sarasota's Bayfront

Plans for the redevelopment of downtown Sarasota's Bayfront are making steady progress.  This area owned by the City of Sarasota and comprising former GWhiz, the Van Wezel, the Sarasota Orchestra and the large parking area will be have a new face, in keeping with the upscale nature of the surrounding downtown area.

The value of the parking area alone and next to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, which was originally designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is huge with its location directly on Sarasota Bay.   Plans for Sarasota Bayfront, as it is known, are to raise the base elevation several feet.  The intention is to provide amenities for the public with the goal of a healthier Sarasota Bay.

Beach Renourishment Set for Lido Beach

Lido Beach in Sarasota, Florida has been losing sand in the last few years, while Siesta Key across Big Pass, has been gaining sand.  There has been a mini war between the two islands because many of the Siesta Key residents do not want to give up any of their sand to Lido Key!

However, a couple of the condominium buildings on the south end of Lido Key have had significant erosion and are almost on the waterfront at high tide, and now something needs to be rectified.  The City of Sarasota will be dredging sand from New Pass in the next few months and using it to renourish Lido Key's beach.

Sarasota Rated by US News & World Report

The town of Sarasota, Florida came in second of all towns in Florida for the 2018 best place to live in a survey by US News & World Report.

Attributes that helped the area achieve this position are warm year-round average temperatures, beautiful beaches, outdoor activities, and availability of diverse cultural activities  Business opportunities and attractive tax incentives also attract new residents, along with affordability and availability of jobs.

Sarasota, Florida cannot be beat for a small town atmosphere with big town offerings.

Laundry Rooms in the New Age

Today's laundry rooms are real rooms, some as large as a small living room.  This one features wallpaper, plenty of shelving, rods for hanging and large countertops and storage.
Some feature mud rooms and a sitting area or built-in bench.  Many new laundry rooms now include sophisticated finishes.

Keys to my Real Estate Success

I love working with my buyers and sellers.  Having been in the real estate business in Sarasota, Florida for over 35 years, I have learned that being a great listener, patience and not pushiness, and being extremely knowledgeable about the real estate market are most important in working with buyers.

When working with sellers, these traits are important too, and sellers certainly appreciate my bringing them qualified buyers to purchase their homes.  My job is marketing and providing feedback to my sellers.


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Carolyn Donnelly, P.A.
Coldwell Banker Res RE
 Sarasota & Longboat Key, FL
Phone: 941-350-9900​



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